Tag Archives: Fareed

From a Fresh Perspective: Paris Open 2014

The Contingent of Viennoiseries to paris Open 2014 (from left to right: Stefan Zweiker, Katja Schager, Anne-Claire Sanna, Elisabeth Vikydal, Regina Puthenpurayil, Ingo bandhauer, Yasmin Fareed, Gwen Eberhard, Miri Muntean, Madlen Stottmeyer)

The Contingent of Viennoiseries for Paris Open 2014 (from left to right: Stefan Zweiker, Katja Schager, Anne-Claire Sanna, Elisabeth Vikydal, Regina Puthenpurayil, Ingo bandhauer, Yasmin Fareed, Gwen Eberhard, Miri Muntean, Madlen Stottmeyer)

For many DKWien debaters, going to Paris Open is a set date, every year. For Gwen Eberhard though, it was the very first time that she went on an international tournament with DKWien. The first international tournament can seem daunting to many freshers – but Gwen managed both, to have great results for her ever first competition and to also have a whole lot of fun. Read on to find out more about her experiences at Paris Open 2014.  

My first tournament plus a visit to Paris for the weekend was a great combination. This amazing (and also exhausting) experience started on Friday 25th of April. I arrived with the train and was welcomed to a rainy Paris full of grumpy looking people. Having arriving early and with enough time before the official tournament start, Stefan, Anne- Claire and myself made our way into the city center to explore Paris for a while. Almost on time, the first round started with an interesting motion about the immorality of donating to animal charities if there are still charities aiming at alleviating human suffering. I was so excited that my hands were shaking a little. Nevertheless I spoke seven minutes straight and was the happiest person for the whole weekend. However, we lost the first round, and then the second as well.

As important as Paris Open was the way there and back by car. This crew took the fast way through Germany.

As important as Paris Open was the way there and back by car. This crew took the fast way through Germany.

Fortunately a bottle of red wine was served per room and round and helped us get through this disappointing outcome. The social started very late, the rounds seemed like a never ending story. ParisTec is located at the 13th arrondissement, an old working class district with charming street art on the walls of paved alleys. We all met at a nice bar, had a few drinks (some more, some less) and had good conversations with fellow debaters. However I went home quite early, as I was pretty tired and had to survive another three rounds the next day.

The next morning rounds started early at 8 am, and everyone was short of sleep. Luckily the place we stayed was just a few blocks away. Breakfast helped a little, and then everyone was motivated to start the rounds. This time we were prepared a lot better. I have to apologize to Jakob here, because I didn’t believe him when he told me about the massive improvement of debating skills during the course of a tournament. I felt much more confident; I structured my speech more efficiently and concentrated on the important aspects of the debates. We got second, then another second and lastly a third place.

After a super fancy dinner with finger foods (almost too beautiful to eat) and a thrilling final at 12pm (!!), the last social started. Everybody was in a good mood, dancing to weird techno music, drinking and having a terrific time with new and old friends. I was having mixed feelings about my time in Paris. I was relieved that I could just go home and sleep for three days straight, but sad that it was all over too. My score must seem like a poor result for lots of people but I was just so proud and happy, happy that I managed everything, especially speaking for 7 minutes, each and every time. I am happy to have met very nice and interesting people from all over Europe. People are so hooked on debating, even more than I am. A lot of them were really experienced and answered hundreds of my questions patiently.

Debating was extremely exhausting, one round after the other, but I could already see the work paying off. Going to tournaments is mostly fun and I had plenty of it. I am very grateful I could go to Paris and have so much fun with Katja, Stefan, Regina, Yasmin, Anne Claire, Miri, Eli, Ingo and Madlen. It’s amazing how much time and effort everyone at DKWien puts in organizing tournaments in Vienna and going to tournaments elsewhere. It’s great to be part of DKWien and I honestly think the world were a better place if everybody would debate. Thanks for everything – and especially to Katja, we were a great team!

Gwen

The other car went a lazier track that even included Switzerland, here they are seizing their stopover in Strasbourg.

The other car followed a lazier route that even included Switzerland, here they are seizing their stopover in Strasbourg.

The author, Gwendolin Eberhard, joined DKWien in late 2013. Paris Open was her first tournament.

 

  • R1: THBT it is immoral to donate to animal welfare charities while there are charities which aim to alleviate human suffering still in need
  • R2: THW guarantee military veterans jobs for life (through civilian state sector employment or/and state subsidy of private sector employment)
  • R3: INFO SLIDE: The Diamond Club is a dating website which aims to pair male millionaires with physically attractive females. Male members pay upwards of £100,000 to join the site, while female members are ranked out of 100 for their physical attractiveness and do not pay a fee to join. No other qualities, such as skills or interests, are taken into account when ranking female members. The site is for linking of dates, and not for prostitution.
  • THBT feminists should not oppose dating sites which seek to romantically link rich men and physically attractive women
  • R4: THBT western nations should require companies seeking to sell products within their borders to abide by national worker’s rights legislation, regardless of where the goods were manufactured and at all stages of the production process.
  • R5: THW determine income tax based on the relative privilege of an individuals’ upbringing.
    (With info slide defining ‘privilege’ as private education, parental wealth, childhood home)
  • Open Semi: THW, as NATO, send troops to protect the Ukrainian border (not including the Crimea)
  • ESL Final: THW offer citizenship to illegal immigrants in exchange for meaningful information on their traffickers and illegal employers
  • Open Final: THS the unlimited use of war-time propaganda which aims to dehumanise the enemy

 

Gwendolin Eberhard /msi

 

Berlin IV 2014: Of Speedy Drivers, Debates, and a Whole Lot of Fun

Group picture in Prague before departing for Berlin.

Group picture in Prague before departing for Berlin.

5 ecstatic debaters, one car, and plenty of speedy drivers. That was all we needed to start our journey to the land of Sauerkraut. 

 

 

We departed on a lovely Thursday evening with a one night break in Prague. The city was quiet, but our stomachs were grumbling, and so we scoured for food at the ungodly hour of 11pm. Since there were no local restaurants open at this time, we settled for an English restaurant where we indulged in… fish burgers!  British food, because, after all, we are British Parliamentary debaters. All we needed to complete this British tradition was – yes, you’ve guessed it, black tea.

Prague was a beautiful city, but we sadly had to leave the next morning for Berlin. The road trip this time was very interesting, albeit stressful for Stefan and Madlen as new drivers took their turn on the road. There was even a scream once in the car. Oops. Nevertheless, the contingent of speedaholics arrived safely in Berlin.
The Contingent of Speedaholics (Anne-Claire Sanna, Regina Puthenpurayil, Stefan Zweiker, Yasmin Fareed, Madlen Stottmeyer) Speedy drivers on their way to Berlin IV 2014.

The Contingent of Speedaholics (Anne-Claire Sanna, Regina Puthenpurayil, Stefan Zweiker, Yasmin Fareed, Madlen Stottmeyer v.l.n.r) Speedy drivers on their way to Berlin IV 2014.

We were welcomed in Berlin with white WUDC leftover goody bags and a hostel booked specially for us. We felt really pampered. Round one began and the debaters spirits were high – 3 points for DKWein Red (Madlen & Stefan) in a great debate and 2 points for DKWein White (Anne-Claire & Regina) in another good debate. After round 1, there was a public debate on the EU, where Madlen decided to stand up and do her bit in contributing to the lively discussion.
We returned to our hostel and decided to have our own little social with plenty of open-hearted conversations. The contingent of speedaholics turned in really late (3.30am), loosing track of time.
The next day the two DKWein teams had a face off in what they called an amazing debate with high-class debaters – obviously, for such a high-class contingent. 😉 DKWein Red was at 6 points after the debate, while DKWein White remained at 2, but was still at a great position for the quality of the debate. The next few rounds of the day were very interesting, with motions ranging from THBT history curricula should feature the same proportion of male and female historical figures to THW make voting mandatory. Interesting issues that we didn’t expect to be discussing in Berlin.
The hosts of Berlin IV provided everyone with plenty of beer at the end of the day, to make sure everyone could appreciate the quality of German beer. We all got a little lost on the way to the social, but finally found it in the end. The break announcement was made at about 10pm, where we found out that DKWein Red broke 7th with a staggering 11 points! Congratulations to Stefan and Madlen for making us proud. We had a great time at the tournament and DKWein White also went home with an impressive 6 points! The adjudicator (Yasmin) also became one of the only wings who was given the opportunity to chair the last round (Madam Chair), making it her first time ever chairing a debate.
 
The tournament was Europe-themed in collaboration with the upcoming EU Election

The tournament was Europe-themed in collaboration with the upcoming EU Election

In the semi-finals, DKWein Red debated from Opening Opposition whether the prison system should be abolished. They did really well, and we are were all very pleased with Stefan and Madlen’s speeches. After a gruelling 2 hours of waiting, making it the longest deliberation our contingent has ever experienced, we found out that DKWein Red was not fortunate enough to enter the finals. In the end, the tournament was won by Lund Debate Society, who debated in Opening Opposition and won in a three-to-two split decision on the motion THBT the EU should force member states to adopt socially progressive legislation. After the debates on Sunday, we took a relaxing stroll around Berlin and went on a well-deserved shopping-trip.
Greetings from the Autobahn!

Greetings from the Autobahn!

We left Berlin at 8.30pm and drove through the night, where we had a ‘mini-crash’ in Brno in the car. The trip back was very tiring for Stefan, as he was the only experienced driver who drove the entire 690km on his own. We arrived at 7.30 am in Vienna and were exhausted, but rather content with our lovely experience in Berlin. Kudos to Stefan, who managed to drive through the whole night, and even drove well. Nevertheless, we had a lovely time in Berlin, and would definitely do this again!


We thank the conveners and the CAs for a remarkable tournament. Till next year!

 

 
Yasmin Fareed /msi

 

Motions for Berlin IV 2014:
Round 1: TH Supports the “No Platform” Practice towards Far-Right and Fascist Public Figures in Advance of the EU Elections.
Round 2: THBT History Curricula Should Feature the Same Proportion of Male and Female Historical Figures.

Round 3: THW Allow Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill Children with the Consent of Their Parents.
Round 4: THBT Western States should Substantially Support the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its Efforts in the Developing World to promote Birth Control that is Undetectable by Men.
Round 5: THW make voting mandatory.

Semi-finals: THW abolish the prison system.

Finals: THBT the EU should force member states to adopt socially progressive legislation (e. g. same-sex marriage, abortion rights, ethnic and religious minority rights).